Sunday, November 2, 2008

In my heart of hearts, I always knew it.

It's been years since anyone has bothered to argue that napping is just another way to waste an afternoon. Even the hardest working among us have known that sometimes, a little nap is just the thing to wring that last best drop of creativity from a sagging cerebral cortex.

Most experts, however, have always recommended a snooze of a mere 15 minutes as optimum. I was never a proponent of this recommendation, and it's not just because I ain't got no self control.

It's because the long, languid nap feels good. And now I've discovered that the Boston Globe has got my back.

Yes, indeed-y. According to this graphic, those of us who do not get a healthy 8 hours of sleep each day are at particular risk of "toggling between normal and... a dangerous state of slowed responses and foggy inattention." Enter, the 90 minute nap!

1 comment:

sarah said...

Right on. A nap must be AT LEAST 30 minutes.